Carving My F– Path

…or whatever you would call what I’m currently doing.

Just like I said, I’m picking up right where I left off in yesterday’s post, Time to Talk About the F– Word. I’m writing this on Saturday, and I feel like I’m getting a lot off of my mind and it feels good. To summarize what I’ve written thus far, I have realized that I am enjoying working part-time at the moment because it is allowing me the freedom to figure out what I what I want to do. And I’ve also come to the realization that I’m not following a commonly tread path.

There are a lot of things I want to do, and I do not see why I need to pick one and stick to just it. But I do think I should pick two or three to prioritize at any given time, or I’ll accomplish nothing. Which is how I got to where I am currently this Saturday night…sitting in my comfy chair…drinking coffee…while Opal sighs at my feet. Let me go take her for a quick walk.

Back. I am currently working two part-time jobs; this you know. After yesterday’s post, you now know why I have to think about my career again. The way I see it, I have a few options. And because there’s no telling which are the most likely to pan out, I have decided to pursue them all.

Here are my plans:

  1. Resume the search for new administrative part-time jobs, which would give me even more experiences and/or potentially become alternative stepping stones to my next big career move
  2. Freelance as virtual assistant
  3. Begin specializing

I will now go into more detail on each pursuit below.

Resume the Part-Time Job Search

So here’s the thing, I’m a little nervous about this. I’ve told my boss at the new(ish) job already that I have begun thinking about this because of the concerns of my situation at the old(er) job. I think I made it clear that it is not to replace the job he just gave me. I was hired with the knowledge that there was a possibility this job could potentially evolve into something full-time. And this is a shining beacon on my mind.

However, I do think that I would like my next part-time job to be similar in that it is the tech environment. I’ve found some options already, but some are full-time. There’s no guarantee anyone else would take a leap of faith on me, but assuming they did…I don’t know. I would hope that I could stay at this new(ish) job regardless, since I am able to do a lot of my work here from home anyway and would have no problem coming in on off hours.

But there’s no telling how my current or future bosses might feel about that. It’s highly unlikely I’d be put in a tough spot, but I have to be prepared for the possibility or I’d be an idiot.

Freelance as a Virtual Assistant

This one I’m super excited about and hope could work out well enough that I stay at my new(ish) job to see it through to the next level. I had been contemplating this line of work for a few years since learning one of my favorite YouTubers is an assistant to John Green, Rosianna Halse Rojas. I have always been captivated by a job that deals with a lot of different tasks, which is how I figured out administrative work might be the right line of work for me.

At my last Airbnb this summer I happened to be renting a room in the same house as an Australian romance author who was touring the states. She mentioned knowing a few authors who needed assistants – she even knew Rosianna!

So my goal is reach out to authors and other busy entrepreneurs who may need help with menial tasks like emails or customer service and work as a contractor that way. It’s a little nerve wracking but I have nothing to lose. And I feel more capable than ever now that I’ve been doing invoicing for my new(ish) job and know what I could use for accounting.

Begin Specializing

I’ve always admired people who were able to be jack or jane of all trades. I hoped that by diversifying my knowledges and skill set, I’d bring a lot more to the table wherever I went. Plus it would me the trouble of committing to any one job or path. I feel like my biggest weakness is also one of my best strengths, the ability of seeing multiple pathways to a goal or multiple solutions to a problem. But sometimes you just need to pick one lane and go all in.

I want to start doing this. I want to have a career plan. I want to know what I’m working towards – to know what all of this is about.

I feel like I know what I want all the effects of my work to be. I want to be able to travel, meet talented people, and be a job creator. But my exact path to getting there. That’s more complicated an answer. So I do feel like I need to start specializing in something that would be most likely to help me get to a place where I want to be financially.

More thoughts to come in the next blog post!

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